Unless you live under a rock (and if you do, can you tell me what Pokemon are under there) by now you have probably heard somebody, somewhere talking about Pokemon Go. For the uninitiated Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. Sound like fun, want to be a cool parent, or know what all of your co-workers are going on about? Download the free-to-play app, it’s okay, we’ll wait….Now that you’ve started here are 3 Tips to Help with Pokemon Go.1. Running out of Pokeballs? Did you know when you throw one and miss, you can just tap on it and pick it back up. Yeah, it’s that easy. I stumbled across this on Twitter, and felt silly for never trying it. Or maybe I just never miss? (I assure you, it was the former).2. Don’t bother trying to cheat the egg incubator. On a good day, I drive a short commute to work, go to the gym at lunch, stop by my house for a PB&J, and then head back to work. That’s 5km easy right? WRONG! Pokemon Go has a system in place that will not register travel above 20 mph. And it’s based on GPS, so my treadmill idea won’t cut it either. So get outside, go for a walk, hatch those eggs, and STAY OFF YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVING.3. The order Pokemon appear in the “nearby” chart matters. Obviously everyone figured out 1 footprint means its closer than 3 footprints, but did you know the chart tells you more than you realized. The top left Pokemon is your closest, while the bottom right is furthest away. Check out this handy chart. Personally I haven’t quite figured out what makes this simple game so fun. To be perfectly honest, I was never into Pokemon at all, so it’s not the nostalgia factor working for me. Maybe it’s the augmented reality, maybe it’s the idea of discovery, or maybe it’s just the ease of use. Whatever the reason, it’s bringing a lot of people together, and has definitely put Pokemon back on the map. We talk more about our first reactions to Pokemon Go on the latest episode of the “Geek Versus Week” podcast. Check out the links below.
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